The Senior Projects and Field-based Learning Program is designed to be the culminating experience of the 12th grade year. This program is a meaningful opportunity for every senior at the Bay School to pursue their personal and academic interests inside and outside of the classroom with the close guidance of an experienced mentor. The senior project should be a unique personal journey for each student as he or she works to gain an in-depth understanding of a subject area that is of importance to them, or to begin the exploration of an area of interest. The program offers the longer-term benefit of helping students to focus on possible areas of study in college, future careers, and community involvement.
Field work outside of the classroom can have many forms such as internships, future career experiences, or working closely with mentors who will provide expertise and resources to facilitate an outcome that the student would like to accomplish or create. The program director will help students develop their projects and identify potential mentors, but the students are ultimately responsible for finding a mentor for their work. Projects must involve a minimum of 65 hours of field work and students earn academic credit for a two trimester elective course. Project work may be done during regular school hours, outside of the school day, or even during the summer, based upon student/mentor schedules and project opportunities.